16.7.07

Abandoned….

That's how my blog feels right now.

I haven't blogged properly in weeks. The last few posts were set to autopublish from ages ago.

It's not that I don't have an excuse. I can't blog from work anymore. And I've been really busy over the last few weeks.

But I know in my heart of hearts, I can do better. Plus, after spending m0ney on my domain name, I might as well try a little harder.

In other news, I upgraded our home PC to Vista over the weekend. My wife is still not speaking to me.

The printers are still not working, but the biggest disaster was with RSS Bandit.  It survived the upgrade, but I've lost ALL OF MY RSS feeds. I haven't been to visit my favourite blogs over the weekend, because for a lot of them, I can't remember where they are. 150 feeds, gone, just like that. And don't say 'You should have made a backup'. Just don't say it......

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  1. You should have backed up! I walked right into that one. Its all good. a fresh start wouldn't hurt you. You can finally fine tune your feeds.

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  2. Hey Boso, we all go through quiet and busy times with our blogs, do as the muse descends, bro! Sorry to hear about your RSS feeds, that had to sting. I have no back up of anything at all on my computer, I really should try, but my dvd writer is broke!

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  3. Whilst I feel sorry for the loss of your feeds, the smug bastard in me giggling with glee.

    How am I to know how rotten Vista is if people don't go out into the wild - get lost and attacked by vicious cuddly bears?

    I work in IT and my advice to corporates is don't touch Vista till at least 2Q 2008 - it would not give you any competitive advantage and your support staff do not know enough to support you, fools are still rushing in to fill in the manholes so that we who come later can walk over smooth ground.

    Meanwhile, you have purgatory till you revert to Windows XP - it is old, it works and it is well supported - the grass on the other side is greener indeed and even taller - shielding wolves.

    Pele!

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  4. lol @ wife not speaking to you. My feelings about Vista are too well documented.

    Err... you should have just made backup.

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  5. You should have backed up. ooops, I had forgotten that you said we we shouldnt mention it. I had the same problem too of recent, my laptop packed up, and I had not done backup in ages. I lost so many things! Just gettin over it too.

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  6. If you upgraded over an XP installation, you should find your subscription list (and cached items) in the XP folder "C:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\RssBandit". If you copy the whole folder to Vista's "C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\RssBandit" it should display your subscriptions again.

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  7. Torsten: Nice one, worked a treat !! You write a great application :)

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  8. Hmm...

    Thanks for that Torsten, we are learning.

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  9. Sod making a back-up - you should have saved the money and stuck with Ubuntu. Think of the amount of fighting you did with it and how much fighting you're going to do with Vista and ask yourself which one is more likely to do as it's told afterwards...

    Nope. No sympathy here :P

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  10. Actually, Chxta, I'm a bit of a hypocrite. I can't work out how the hell to make Fedora 5 connect to my Netgear wireless network, or how to use Yum to install RealPlayer, so I toddle along with Windows XP.

    On the other hand, my next computer will be using Ubuntu (in whatever form it's reached when I get a new computer) as I refuse to spend money on Vista and its horrors...

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  11. Any ideas why vista keep throwing my printer out. Like it works for liek 2 days and stops. I have to reinstall the driver again. Same cycle begins.
    Any ideas how to make google gears work on windows mobile.
    Thanks

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  12. @ Omodudu, try deleting the copies that the OS has set up for the printer, it is one of the 'minor' bugs that the SP1 due out later this week should take care of...

    @ Rob, I'm no Fedora expert but, try the following commands
    $ ifup eth0 I am assuming that your wireless interface is eth0
    $ netgo...

    Hope the router is set up for DHCP?

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  13. Cheers, dude!

    Actually, it's a usb adapter. I may have seen an ethernet cable for it knocking around somewhere, though. I'll take a look.

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  14. Has the device been recognised by the system?

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  15. I thought it had, but I checked just now and I can't work out what I did to see originally. As you can probably guess, I'm not exactly the most competent linux user...

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  16. Have you tried using Sage? It's a plugin for Firefox and works pretty well :)

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  17. Vista is dead, long live XP !! I've gotten rid of Vista, and gone back to good old tested and trusted Windows XP.

    @Rob: I feel you on the Ubuntu thing, but doing anything relatively simple turned out to be battle !! If I get my hands on another PC, I'll put Ubuntu on it, I'll still up for a challenge !!

    @Torchlight: Sage isn't too bad, but I love the many features I get with RSS bandit, and I haven't found any (free) RSS reader that can match it.

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  18. @ Rob, sorry for the late response, I was just notified of this just a few minutes ago.

    Type
    $ lsusb in the terminal, that would tell you if the computer has even recognised your card...

    @ Boso, I still don't get how doing simple things on Ubuntu became major battles...

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  19. @Chxta: I gave up when trying to configure Samba so my Freecom Media Player could access my files on the PC. Getting Samba up and running turned me bald in 48 hours.

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  20. @Chxta: Also, my USB hard drive had to mounted every single time I turned on the PC, which was a pain. Plus, look at all the problems Rob is having !! I have to admit though, a wireless card I had forgotten existed worked perfectly with Ubuntu dirvers, it had still never worked with Windows.

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  21. Boso - I'd say "all the problems" is an overstatement. My chief problem is that I don't know how to work Yum properly, so I can't install a couple of vitals. In my last place, we had cable network and Fedora detected the whole thing automatically. In fact, it worked more readily than Windows XP did from that point of view.

    Chxta - It just told me 'command not recognised' or words to that effect. I had a look at it's equivalent of 'My Computer' and found that, in addition to the disks, there is a 'Windows Network' on there. I'm not sure if that's a good sign or just a hangover from my last house and its cable network, though. When I clicked on it, it just gave me an empty window. Is there a version of Linux I'm likely to get more sense out of? I've been tempted to try another version for a while anyway...

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  22. Try PC Linux, I've heard a lot of good things about it.

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  23. Boso,

    I know how you feel. It happened to me when I upgraded earlier in the year. You would expect that Microsoft would warn you of things like this, but alas...

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  24. I'm glad you're back, Boso - and I'm sorry about Vista. Have neard nothing but grief about it. Hope things improve :-)

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